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Enjoy our free knitting pattern for this easy, elegant, all-season wrap. You'll love wearing it on cool fall nights or paired with a coat in winter months.
The Billberry Bias Wrap is a timeless transitional piece that can be worn anywhere, with anything, all year round. Plus, it's a pleasure to knit. The pattern is the perfect introduction to lace knitting and the stitch shows off the yarn beautifully. Made with Brezo yarn—a luxurious blend of wool, mulberry silk and linen—it will keep you warm in air-conditioned restaurants and cool outside on a sunny day. A great travel item, the wrap fits into a small bag. You'll want to wear it as soon as you cast off the last stitch.
You may find that your stitches slip around on your needles because of the type of yarn and nature of the pattern. Some people find their yarn slips less if they use bamboo or wooden needles. Also, you may want to use point protectors or a rubber band when transporting your project to prevent the stitches from falling off your needles in transit.
2 Skeins of Americo Brezo (40% Wool, 35% Mulberry Silk, 25% Linen)
100g/437 yards (400 m)
4 mm (US 6) size needles
Yarn needle or crochet hook
Note about the yarn: Brezo is available through Americo Original online and in select yarn stores. You can substitute for other fingering weight yarns like Americo's Fine Tweed or any fingering weight yarn from your stash.
20 inches (48 cm) x 85 inches (216 cm). This pattern stitch creates a fabric that lays on its bias. To measure, lay flat and hold measuring tape against outside edge.
Not essential—with most knitting projects it is important to do a gauge swatch, but there are times when you can skip this part. The results will still vary depending on your tension as a knitter, so if you're very specific we recommend that you knit a swatch in the stitch pattern and block it before you start your wrap.
K, k : knit
P, p : purl
k2t (slant to R): Insert the needle into the front of the 2 knit stitches from left to right. Draw the yarn through to the front knitwise, and drop both stitches from the needle.
YO : Yarn over—To create an extra stitch when adjacent stitch is a knit stitch. Bring the working yarn to the front and lay the yarn over top of the working needle in counter-clockwise direction.
Row 1: K3, (YO, k2t) to last 2 stitches, k2
Row 2: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, k2
Repeat these two rows.
Using 4 mm (US 6) size needles, cast on 101 stitches. Purl 2 rows. Change to pattern stitch and continue until work measures 85 inches (216 cm). Knit 2 rows. Cast off.
Weave in all loose ends. Block garment—your stitches will relax and the lace portion of your wrap will open up and flatten out—leaving you with a more attractive finished piece.
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.
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In the Victorian era, particular flowers in certain colours were chosen to express specific feelings. Using this language of flowers – called "floriography" – a bud, bouquet or even a boutonniere delivered more than colour and scent. Here's what some familiar flowers may convey:
Apple blossom - Good things to come
Aster - Contentment
Buttercup - Childishness
Pink carnation - Gratitude
Yellow carnation - Rejection
Crocus - Gladness
Daffodil - Chivalry and respect
Daisy - Innocence and purity
Daylily - Enthusiasm
Dill - Lust
Edelweiss - Daring and courage
Forsythia - Anticipation
Gardenia - Secret love and joy
Blue hyacinth - Constancy
Ivy - Wedded love and fidelity
Lavender - Loyalty
White lily - Heavenly purity
Lily of the valley - Humility
Mint - Virtue
Orange blossom - Marriage and fertility
Palm leaves - Victory
Dark crimson rose - Mourning
Pink rose - Friendship
Red Rose - Passionate love
Snowdrop - Hope
Sunflower - Adoration
Red tulip - Declaration of love
Violet - Faithfulness
So that beautiful bouquet of dark crimson roses and white lilies surrounded by palm leaves that you just sent to your friend or love one could be telling her, "Many are mourning my victory and success within our relationship, as it's heavenly to be with you!" But – since floriography word lists vary – it could simply be saying, "Hi!"
5 best ways to make your bouquet last
1. Buy fresh flowers. Avoid flowers with any signs of mildew or mould, and look for buds that are just beginning to open. A&P, Dominion and Loblaws help out by guaranteeing their blooms will last for a specified number of days.
2. Keep it clean and lukewarm. Start with a squeaky-clean container and lukewarm water (tepid water is more readily absorbed than cold), then change the water every other day.
3. Add a floral preservative. Most bouquets come with their own packet of goodies that provide nutrients and prevent bacterial growth – all to keep the flowers fresher longer.
4. Strip and recut the stems. Remove any leaves that will be immersed, then recut the stems to encourage water uptake. Trim soft stems straight across. Cut woody stems on an angle, then smash or slit the bottom 2.5 cm (1 in). Pinch small wads of cotton from a cotton ball and stuff them into the bottom of hollow stems to help them hold moisture.
5. Show them off in a good spot. Set your floral arrangement away from drafts, direct sunlight, radiators and ripening fruits (the latter emit ethylene, which prevents buds from opening, discolours blooms and leaves, and shortens vase life).
Arrange flowers with a flourish